The Emotionally Unexpected Benefits of Meditation

One of the benefits of meditation may not seem like such a benefit when it first occurs. The benefit I’m talking about is emotional release. In this article, what the author’s experience of his first few days of Vipassana, while they are unique to the individual, they are not unique to the process.

The emotional release that he experienced was, at first, shocking to him. And all the tears, the “powerful surges” of emotion, seemed, to be foreign to what he understood meditation to be.

The realization that meditation is not all “sweetness and light” and that it’s part of the awakening process is facing our shadow energy’s. Enlightenment is the process out ‘lightening up or letting go and that includes all our repressed emotions.

So when would-be practitioners ask about the benefits of meditation, I tend not to give a straight answer. Will it help you be less stressed? Reduce your pain? Make you think more clearly? Stop you from eating too much? Well, maybe it will help with  
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For many people the real meditation benefits occur as the result of an emotional realization; the release of stress and, many times, the relief of physical pain come as the result of a deep seated emotional release.

This is meditation’s gift and it’s challenge, to experience the benefits you must be willing to take the responsibility, not the blame, that is the process of self-realization and emotional freedom.

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